Pris :: Bladerunner
Completed December 2005
This was a spur-of-the-day costume. My roommates and I threw a post-apocalyptic-themed New Year’s party, and I spent December 31st sewing this NOT WARM costume for the event. I do love the movie Bladerunner, but moreso I love Phillip K. Dick, the author who wrote the book the movie was based on. I will skip the prerequisite homage paragraph for Mr. Dick and how much I have a crush on his short stories.
Since I didn’t have time to shop properly, I ended up sewing the sheer shirt and the stockings, which normally I would have just bought. I spent half the construction time scrutinizing the movie trying to figure out what the heck was going on with her bodysuit. Was it a skirt, shorts, or a leotard – wtf! I decided it was all three. I’m fairly sure I had the right idea, but I wasn’t about to get all technical on a costume I was only going to wear once. That was my thought, but Pris has turned out to be one of my most popular costumes. Irony.
The photos by Kyle Johnsen were taken my first trip to Tokyo. We went around midnight to the old red light district. Can you say BLADE RUNNER DREAMS COME TRUE? I KNOW I CAN. I was told that the police generally stay away from the Yakuza territory, and since we were foreigners, we were pretty much ignored. Even though Japan is a mecca of cosplay, it’s extremely discouraged to cosplay in public there.
Photos by Kyle Johnsen – Tokyo; photos by Brian Boling, limebarb, Max Shirley – D*Con, Atlanta GA